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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Hotwalk. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
12 reasons to buy
- The new Hotwalk uses a very low step-through frame that makes it easy for kids to hop on and off.
- An expert appreciates that the Hotwalk’s handlebars and seat height are highly adjustable, allowing this bike to last throughout a child’s entire toddlerdom.
- With its sturdy aluminum frame and steel fork, testers see the Hotwalk as durable.
- Kids can choose from red, blue, pink and ‘kiwi’ colorways, with accents.
- Parents are relieved that these rubber-covered/solid-foam tires are airless, tubeless & therefore hassle-free.
- A tester is grateful for the simplicity of the Hotwalk’s airless tires. No need for tubes.
- Experts say Rhythm Lite Airless tires are supple, grippy and perform well off-road.
- One tester reports that it took him only two minutes to set up the Hotwalk.
- This tester says the Hotwalk’s footrest is wide enough to protect kids’ feet from the rear tire, but without setting legs akimbo.
- The Hotwalk comes with a real headset. A tester reports that it stayed firmly in position after adjustment.
- Parents & reviewers confirm that the Hotwalk is at home shredding off-road gnar.
- Little riders are protected from injury by the Hotwalk’s padded stem/headset protector.
6 reasons not to buy
- An expert & parent is disappointed in the Hotwalk’s bell, which was inconsistent and difficult for his child to activate.
- Solid tires are less forgiving over bumps, while adding weight to the Hotwalk.
- A reviewer describes the 9.33 lb Hotwalk as comparatively heavy.
- An expert believes the Hotwalk is comparatively pricey.
- Toddlers have been observed striking their legs against the Hotwalk’s footrest.
- At the Hotwalk’s price-point, one expert would like to see a handbrake included.
Bottom lineSince 2021, the Hotwalk’s revised low-step frame has made it even easier for kids to hop on and off of. Which is a good thing, because at 9.33 lb, it’s no lightweight (for that you’ll need to go full carbon.) The bike uses a real headset and stem. Both saddle and handlebar heights are highly adjustable, making this a bike to grow with young riders. It has a footrest, which receives mixed reviews. On one hand, it protects legs. On the other, it can obstruct them too. A unique ‘rubber-over-solid foam’ compound is used on the Hotwalk’s Rhythm Lite Airless tires, making them grippier than most solid tires, with no chance of a puncture. Its a bit heavy and often a little pricey, while being well-built and ergonomic.
Expert Reviews75/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Specialized Hotwalk Review
Rugged balance bike that will last for generations. Best puncture-proof tires we’ve ever seen. Without a handbrake, it’s best for everyday vs aggressive balance bike riders or those who live and ride around hills. The extended footrest limits its use for toddlers…
Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike
A strategically heavy balance bike that is great for smaller children and those looking for durability – but change the bell.
Specialized Hotwalk Kids Bike – Wainuiomata
3-year-old Malcolm riding his Specialized Hotwalk around the Wetland Loop in Wainuiomata, New Zealand.
“There you go, you’re doing stand-up. You’re getting your confidence back.”
Specialized Hotwalk Pink | Daughter’s First Bike
I like that she can hold it up. I was kinda nervous about that ’cause it’s a little heavy.
London’s First Bike – Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike
October 19, 2018 – April 1, 2019.
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A well-built bike. The solid foam tyres feel among the closest I’ve experienced to a pneumatic tyre’s grip and cushioning. It’s let down by its oversized footrests… This bike was too heavy for my daughter throughout the months of testing and, as such, has seen little use.